Debuts and surprises as Cervezas Victoria Málaga Open qualifying concludes

Debuts and surprises as Cervezas Victoria Málaga Open qualifying concludes

The Cervezas Victoria Malaga Open 2022 qualifying rounds concluded on Monday in the men's Circuit, with surprises being caused as well as main draw debuts being made.

With just four tickets on the line, things got intense on the Spanish South coast for the tenth Open of the World Padel Tour season.

Check out the match summaries below!

Jiménez/Piñeiro VS Cardona/Mouliaa

The first ticket to the main draw was duked out between José Jiménez and Martín Piñeiro, who faced Pablo Cardona and José María Mouliaa.

An all-Spanish affair, Jiménez and Piñeiro were the ones who broke through in the first set. Taking a 5-2 lead, they closed out the opening frame 6-3.

While Cardona and Mouliaa threw everything they had at their rivals, it was not enough. Again, Jiménez and Piñeiro broke, and won the match 6-3 6-4 after an hour and 20 minutes.

Barahona/Esbrí VS Tison/Zapata

One of the closer matches on Monday saw Javi Barahona and Juanlu Esbri face Teo Zapata and Frenchman Ben Tison.

Both pairs are regulars in the main draw and were desperate to make another. This was seen in the first set, which could only be decided via a tie-break. It was taken 6-7 by the Spanish-French tandem of Zapata and Tison.

In the second act of the match, Barahona and Esbri retaliated with a 6-3 of their own to force a third and final set.

In it, the Spaniards continued their good momentum, got a break, and won 6-4 to make the main draw in Malaga.

Rubio/Benítez VS Cepero/Mieres

Gonzalo Rubio and Miki Benítez were next in action, taking to the court against Álvaro Cepero and Juani Mieres.

Mieres, an eight-time tournament winner, has only just returned from a long-term injury, and looked to get back into a main draw.

It was not to be, however, as Rubio and Benítez took the first set 6-4 and swept the second set 6-0 to take home the victory.

Alba/Sans VS Sánchez/Valdés

Finally, Spaniards Sergio Alba and Tonet Sans fought to make the main draw against Joseda Sánchez and Chilean Javi Valdés.

Another three-setter, Sánchez and Valdés took the first frame 4-6 to go a leg up against their rivals.

In a fierce response, Alba and Sans broke several times to win the second set 6-2 and force a decider.

It went down to the wire as things were tied at 5-5. This is when Alba and Sans broke through, winning 7-5 and coming back from a set down.

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